September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Author: Janeane Krongos Each year, the month of September is observed as National Suicide Prevention Month. This month-long observance is the perfect opportunity for community members to learn about suicide prevention, attend suicide prevention trainings, and to support local suicide prevention efforts. Throughout this month-long observance, local health service partners will be participating. One health […]

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September 15, 2021

National Prevention Week

Author: Janeane Krongos, Tillamook Family Counseling Center Many people in the community do not know me, so I would like to take a moment to introduce myself in this column. My name is Janeane Krongos, I work as a prevention coordinator at the Tillamook Family Counseling Center (TFCC). My roles at TFCC include: alcohol and […]

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May 14, 2021

Tillamook Family Counseling Center Encourages Parents to get involved in this Year’s National Prevention Week

By Laura Swanson for SOS Tillamook, Tillamook Family Counseling Center Prevention Program What is National Prevention Week? National Prevention Week (NPW), hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is an annual national health observance focused on increasing the prevention of substance use and the promotion of mental health. National Prevention Week […]

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May 10, 2021

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Author: Janeane Krongos,Tillamook Family Counseling Center Each year, the month of March is recognized as Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Problem gambling can be defined as any form of gambling that has a negative effect on your life. This concern affects the lives of many Oregonians and those who are close to them. According to the […]

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April 27, 2021

Mental Health Maintenance is Important for Everyone

Author: Janeane Krongos, Tillamook Family Counseling Center Mental health maintenance is important for people of all ages. This is because mental health can play a big part of a person’s life affecting actions, physical health, sleep patterns, social interactions, behaviors, and how we handle stressful situations. The following is a list of things that you […]

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April 27, 2021

2021 SOS Tillamook Calendar

The 2021 SOS Tillamook calendar is here! This years theme is “When Things Change I Cope By…”. The art work for this years calendar was created by Tillamook County middle school students. Click on the calendar’s image to see this years calendar.  

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April 27, 2021

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Life

By DeAnna Pearl, MAT, BS, CPS, SOS Tillamook Prevention Program, Tillamook Family Counseling Center Many efforts to prevent suicide focus on why people take their lives, how a person attempts suicide (the means they use) plays a key role in whether they live or die. Restricting access to lethal/harmful means of self-harm is an important strategy for preventing […]

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Mind Our Mind Headlines: Media’s Impact on Community Health

It is very important to address trauma, including mental health, suicide and violence in our community.  However, we can do it through a lens that provides trauma informed information sharing while empowering our community with knowledge of long-term consequences of our choices. This also goes for the long-term consequence of our positive actions. While the urban […]

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A Stone of Hope: Building a Suicide Safer Community

“Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”  These words of Dr. Martin Luther King were never truer than on Friday and Saturday of January 18-19th.   Seventeen (17) individuals registered and completed this two-day course with one thing in mind, creating a suicide safer community.  In a partnership Tillamook Veterans Services and Columbia […]

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Inventory of Thoughts: Perspective of the Person with Thoughts of Suicide

People arrive at suicide crisis for many reasons but, typically, it’s because they’re overwhelmed by a problem they may not be able to solve themselves. Stress becomes anxiety if left unchecked.  Anxiety can lead to depression.  Depression can lead to hopelessness that can lead to a person with thoughts of suicide.  Left unchecked, an adverse […]

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